Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hillary Clinton for President - by Cynthia McFadden of ABC News

    This could well be the most embarrassingly fawning interview with a government official I have ever read. Yesterday, Cynthia McFadden of ABC News conducted the last TV interview with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.  But if McFadden has anything to say about it, it won't be the last interview of Mrs. Clinton as a government official. It's no wonder the State Department posted the interview on its website.  Here are just a few samples:

QUESTION: When you conceded defeat in the primary [in 2008], you made a famous speech in which you said that there were 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling. 
QUESTION: If, in the course of the next couple of years it appears, as it does appear right now, that you might be the person who could actually break through that glass ceiling and become the first female president of this country, would you feel a certain obligation to seize that mantle?
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QUESTION: I’d just like to ask you one other question about your health. I know that there’s no plans for future public service, but if there were to be, would you feel comfortable making a pledge that you would release whatever records? 

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QUESTION: Secretary Clinton, thank you so much for talking to us. 
SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, Cynthia. Good to talk to you. 
QUESTION: As Jefferson looks over our shoulder, who I would only point out was Secretary of State who went on to become President. 
SECRETARY CLINTON: I’ve heard that. (Laughter.) 
QUESTION: Thank you.

    One wonders if, after the microphones were turned off, Cynthia McFadden made some discrete inquires about the availability of a press secretary position in the event of a future Hillary Clinton administration. Come to think of it, I'm surprised she'd wait until the mics were off.

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